December 10, 2009

On the Beat: Dec. 10-Dec.16

The Blue Method play Trenton Friday night.
The funk busters – a Relix Magazine Jam-off award winner whose slick “Power Soul” slams led to regular gigs for on the hipster hip-hoppers (Lauryn Hill) and jazz-jammers (Soulive, John Scofield) circuit – close out the ’09 Trenton2Nite season at The Phoenix (120 S. Warren St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Heralded for their live energy and big-stage presence, the band’s crossover success included a spot on where their song “Don’t They” holds the record as the all-time No. 1 posted funk song. The free performance starts at 5 p.m. All-ages.
The city neo-soul singer sweet jazz style swings from bebop to Broadway at the Trenton Marriott (1 W. Lafayette St., Trenton) tomorrow evening. The free performances starts at 5. All-ages.
The songbird’s kick-up the holiday spirit with its own seasonal classic flair at Gallery 125 (125 Warren St., Trenton) tomorrow. The choir - which features Lawrence High grad and Miss America contestant Gianine Teti – has a collection of Christmas Carols prepared for its free 5:30 p.m. performance. All-ages.
John & Carm
The duo put bluegrass on the menu at the Turning Point Café (15 S. Broad St., Trenton) tomorrow night. The free show starts at 7:30 p.m. All-ages.
The fiery prog-punks heat up McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. A Clever Con open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
The punk-metal high schoolers shred The Shogun Skate Shop at The Quakerbridge Mall (Route 1, Lawrence) tomorrow night. The free show starts at 9. All-ages.
The Delaware pop-punk’s harmony-driven vocals and hard-line break-downs will remind most of “Tell All Your Friends-era” Taking Back Sunday. The trio plays Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night with Cheat To Win, Down Struck, The Paper Jets and Grind City. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Chris Smither

Bonnie Raitt once called this ’70s folk icon, “my Eric Clapton.” In fact, the country singer cover of Smither’s “Love Me Like a Man” has been a staple of her live years since the two started working together in 1972. Since, Smither – set to play two 50-minute sets at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night – is touring in support of his 13th CD, “Time Stands Still.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.


Jongleurs - who use accordion, trumpet, ukulele and mandolin in mixing its Tzingane, Rajasthani and Romani folk, flamenco and Cake-like alt-rocks – star in the free Metromix Sip, Shop & Rock Holiday Party at The Grand Arcade (1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 6. The crew also headlines The Trash Bar (256 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY) with Generation Welfare and Sit Down Baby at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $6. The Asbury Park show is all-ages, the New York concert is 21-plus.

Morningside Lane

Remember Cheap Trick and Dramarama? Add a little Weezer and Smithereens and you’ll get a grasp of what these Jersey rockers – playing Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday – waste away an afternoon. Show starts at noon. Fuel The Fire, Scissors in a Cupcake, Nobody Yet, Nuclear Shakedown, Just Enough, Foul-Play! and Bio-Feedback round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

The Gerunds

A quick listen of the melodic-punk physics of Dag Nasty’s Pete Cortner’s current outfit and it’s easy to imagine what the legends were bound to morph into after 1987’s “Wig Out At Denko’s.” Cortner picked up the vocals duties just as Dave Smalley (Down By Law) left to study abroad. And it was during that post-Minor Threat era of the DC hardcore scene where harmonies and a slower pace confused pit punishers when many pinpoint the beginnings of the emo-core evolution. Some of the quick-changing vocal whacks on The Gerunds – hitting up The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) on Saturday night with The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” in their arsenal – will remind punk historians of classic All and Bad Religion. Show starts at 9. Radio Exiles (Garden State Soul, Silver Dollar) and Mean Streets open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

When the Deadbolt Breaks

The Connecticut slime-corer’s scare tactics include the stalking doom-metal crawl of Pig Destroyer and malevolent creeping-death effects of Neurosis. The group, which features the old singer of Cable, pummels the speakers at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. The Waking Alley, Feast On the Deceased, Beyond Dishonor and Maegashira play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Plainfield Slim & The Groundhawgs

The Doughboy’s Mississippi-blues side track goes Southern backwoods on The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.


According to Internet reports, Grateful Dead survivors Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are digging up early material like “King Solomon’s Marbles” for their two-set showcases these days. It doesn’t get too heady through, as “Touch of Grey” is not a forgotten cog to the jams – going on forever and ever at Convention Hall (1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday. Ratdog’s Jeff Chimenti (keys) and Jay Lane (percussion), Duo’s drummer Joe Russo and Dark Star Orchestra’s John Kadlecik (guitar) round out the lineup. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $55 and $65. A $10 after party at the Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at midnight features Dead cover band, Splintered Sunlight. The Further show is all-ages. The after party is 21-plus.

Trunks & Tales

The profoundly political gospel to the Philadelphia-burbians’ working-class folk-punk nicely counter-balances the passive energy of the tandem’s acoustic strums. Sounds extra cool on their rendition of Hot Water Music’s “Jack of All Trades.” Hopefully the cover makes the cut when the guys perform in The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Sunday night. Show starts at 9. Dale Gordon (Pats!e, DEMO) and Ship Wreaks play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Vandelles

The Brooklyn beatnik’s psychedelic ranges tend to jump from shoe-gazing Jesus & Mary Chain to Zombies-style ’60s surf-rock and early ’80s British post-punk. Fans of A Place to Bury Strangers, John Spencer Blues Explosion, The Ramones’ Beach Boys covers and chicks in go-go boots playing tambourine would dig the foursome – headlining The Wonder Bar (1213 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) Tuesday night. Show starts at 8. Invincible Gods, Future Future and Bedroom Girls open. Tickets cost $2. 21-plus.

Avenge The Antagonist

The dramatic guitar builds, rhythmic-yet-electronic break downs and beastly vocal prose found in this South Jersey metalcore act emit an Acacia Strain-meets-Converge vibe. The band opens for Rose Funeral (Metal Blade Records) at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Monday night. Show starts at 5. Local hardcore killjoys In Wake of the Plague, Embracing the Chaos, Total Ruination, Within the Black and Foraminis round out the bill. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

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